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Passenger On Myanmar Airlines Shot Mid-Air After Bullet Pierced Through Plane

New Delhi: A passenger on a plane was injured after he was hit mid-air by a bullet, which was fired from the ground, that pierced through the flight’s fuselage. Photos from the incident showed the injured victim sitting in his seat as blood-soaked tissues laid beside him.Also Read – 17-Year-Old Shot Dead For Not Selling iPhone In Delhi

State television MRTV said the Myanmar National Airlines plane, carrying 63 passengers, was hit as it was about to land in Loikaw, the capital of the eastern state of Kayah, also known as Karenni. It said Major General Zaw Min Tun, a spokesperson for Myanmar’s ruling military council, said the shooting was carried out by “terrorists” belonging to the Karenni National Progressive Party, an ethnic minority militia battling the government, and their allies in the People’s Defense Force, an armed pro-democracy group.

เกิดเหตุกระสุนทะลุเข้ามาในห้องโดยสารเครื่อง ATR-72 สายการบิน Myanmar National Airlines ขณะกำลังร่อนลงจอดที่สนามบิน ลอยกอว์ ในพม่า ผู้โดยสารได้รับบาดเจ็บตามภาพ #Passenger #injured #MyanmarNationalAirlines #ATR72 #gunfire #landing #LoikawAirport #Myanmar #unrest pic.twitter.com/9FQBWRwT19

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“I want to say that this kind of attack on the passenger plane is a war crime,” he told MRTV by phone. “People and organizations who want peace need to condemn this issue all round.”

MRTV said the bullet entered the plane’s lower fuselage as it was flying at an altitude of 3,500 feet about 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) north of the airport. It said the injured passenger was taken to a hospital. The state news agency released photos it said were of the bullet hole and the passenger being treated.

Myanmar National Airlines’ office in Loikaw announced that all flights to the city were canceled indefinitely.

Kayah state has experienced intense conflict between the military and local resistance groups since the army seized power last year, overthrowing the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, according to a report by The Associated Press.

Khu Daniel, a leader of the Karenni National Progressive Party, denied the government’s accusation and said his party had not ordered its armed wing, the Karenni Army, to shoot at civilians or passenger planes.

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